Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

bad-day-at-black-rock-67076“I believe a man is nothing unless he stands up for what’s rightfully his. What do you think? ” – Hector David

Number of Times Seen – 2 (15 Jan 2002 and 11 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After arriving in a small town not long after the end of WWII, a one-armed man tries to figure out the secret of what happened.

My Take on it – This is a very interesting mystery thriller that was made ten years after WWII ended, but since it takes place not long after the end of the war, they were able to perfectly capture the isolationist post-war feelings that help make this work so well.

I liked how the mystery is slowly revealed giving us time to understand and get to know all of the characters.

Despite being a relatively short film (about 80 min.), there are still a few scenes that feel hollow and make it drag a bit.

Amazing cast.  This movie features Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennen, Dean Jagger and Lee Marvin and they all are great.  Among them, they garnered 8 Oscars with Brennan amassing 3, Tracy 2 and Borgnine, Marvin and Jagger each with 1.

Bottom Line – Very good thriller/mystery that really gives off the post war isolationist feeling. Excellent cast led by Tracy and Ryan. Does a great job slowly revealing the mystery but still feels a bit hollow at points. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The projectionist’s records have revealed that over the years this has become one of the most frequently shown films in the screening room of The White House. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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7 thoughts on “Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

  1. I loved Spencer Tracy’s performance; so calm and relaxed but you just knew that at some point he’d be pushed too far and fight back. When he did it didn’t disappoint, even with one arm John J. Macreedy is a force to be reckoned with.

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